After a two year hiatus, Lithe Escape is back! From March 23rd-March 28th 2014, we're taking a departure from our intimate, ultra-luxe villa-based Lithe Escapes of the past and going to my happy place: Jake's Treasure Beach. Jake's is earthy, friendly, rugged, red, rustic, local, sustainable and hip; it's the epitome of bohemian luxury.
Back-story: A good friend introduced me to Treasure Beach a few years back, and Jordan and I have fallen in love with the area, the warm, friendly community and the friends that we have made there. Treasure Beach and Jamaica's south coast is the antithesis of a tourist trap. It's really off the beaten path, but that hasn't stopped us from returning again and again.
Treasure Beach is a tiny fishing village on Jamaica’s south coast. The community of Treasure Beach is truly unlike any other place in Jamaica. Defined by the Santa Cruz Mountains and the rolling farmland of the Pedro Plains, Treasure Beach is known for its cacti, endless natural coastlines and miles of sweeping savannas—not it’s white sand beaches or jungle-like rain-forests. Treasure Beach is notorious for the warmth of its people, deep community spirit, and rich history (which even includes a Scottish shipwreck from the 19th century). Full Disclosure: This is the real Jamaica. We'll be an almost three hour drive from the airport, so get ready for an adventure that you'll never forget, and to fall in love with a place where you'll most certainly leave your heart.
What is Lithe Escape? Imagine one week to focus on yourself...A better body, confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), unparalleled results, and an entire support system of like-minded women. Get excited for girl time and down time, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food and a week that's all about YOU.
Want to learn more? Download Lithe's Escape Manual
Ready to book your spot? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our friendly Lithe Escape concierge, Meghan Lechette will be ready to assist you beginning on Thursday, January 23, 2014 @ 4PM with flight information and roommate details.
I, along with everyone at Lithe & FHH would like to wish you and yours a beautiful holiday and all the best in 2014. Thank you all for your love, inspiration, loyalty, readership, letters, comments, and all your support this year.
I'm really looking forward to spending some much needed time with these guys over the next week. As I sign off today, I'll be back on Friday with my favorite posts from 2013. Bored? Scroll through the 2013 archives!
We'll be back on Monday, January 6th with information regarding Lithe's beautiful new Rittenhouse studio (opening 1.13.14!), our Lithe Spring Escape and babysitting services at Lithe Old City. 2014 is going to be a really (really!) exciting year and I'm looking forward to bringing you all that is fit, hip, healthy & Lithe!
Image of Lauren & Jordan (photo-bombed by Mark Bauers) via Crystal and Mars in the kitchen via Jordan
Check out The Cult of Lithe Queen of Hearts feature by Richard Rys in Philadelphia Magazine's May issue. Kudos to Richard for having the guts to enter our culture (and experience the workout!). Thank you to our Lithe Instructors Jaime Powers, Kim Sauer, Meg Grauzlis and Tirsa Rivas for enduring an arduous 14 hour shoot and body painting session. And, thank you to all the Lithers of Philadelphia for shaping Lithe's history, and loving this workout and lifestyle; I'm so honored!
*Susan Bodack, Director of Social Media Marketing at InStyleSwimwear.com, was kind enough to write this post after I asked her to share her tips on finding the best suits for Summer 2013!
Spring officially starts this week, so you know what that means--swimsuit season is right around the corner! We know that Lithe is just one component of looking good in a swimsuit; the other is learning how to choose the right styles for your particular shape... and that's where I come in! Follow these swimsuit tips to guarantee a flawless beach-chic look.
The Busty Babe
For all the busty ladies out there, your main focus should be supporting the girls. There's nothing worse than a spillage-related bikini blooper if you know what I mean! Halter tops (especially those with thicker underbands) and bra-style swimsuit tops with underwire offer the best bust support. If you want to minimize your top half and draw attention toward your bottom half, choose a dark solid-colored top paired with a printed or embellished bottom.
Need A Lift?
But if you're the opposite and want to accentuate your top half, choose a swimsuit that will enhance your bustline. Twist or sweetheart bandeau tops (especially those with molded cups) and triangle tops with push-up padding are your best top styles. Additionally, tops with fringe, beading or busy prints will help emphasize your bustline, especially when paired with a dark solid-colored swimsuit bottom.
Long & Lean
If you're long, lean and have legs for days, a two-piece swimsuit is probably your best option, especially if you have a long torso. Cropped bustiers and trapeze-style tops (huge for 2013) are especially flattering on long torsos. Not so curvy? Opt for a solid-colored sweetheart or twist bandeau paired with a printed hipster-style swimsuit bottom--the combo helps create the illusion of hourglass curves!
On the other hand, petite girls want to choose swimsuit styles that will elongate their torso. Try triangle tops paired with higher-cut string bikini bottoms. If you have a small booty, look for a swimsuit bottom with a back cinch (aka the "scrunch butt") and/or a bottom with a cheeky Brazilian cut. Create the illusion of curves with a solid-colored twist bandeau top paired with a printed hipster bottom, or try a fashion-forward monokini!
Curves For Days
Whether you're curvy, full-figured or have an hourglass shape, embrace those curves! For example, if you have an hourglass shape, your top half is proportionate to your bottom half, so avoid swimsuit styles that will throw you off balance. Try a halter paired with a matching scoop bottom; avoid string swimsuit bottoms, as they will make your hips appear wider than they are. If you don't feel comfortable in a bikini, don't be afraid to try a one-piece swimsuit. There are a ton of chic and sexy styles to choose from this year, including those with plunging necklines and flattering ruched detail!
Remember--the key to looking good in your swimsuit is to choose styles that accentuate your best assets and draw attention away from your not-so-favorite areas.
Philadelphia area? Susan invites us to stop by their
showroom! Contact them at 888.95.STYLE to
make an appointment. Images via InStyleSwimwear.com
I'm late again, but I have a good excuse. This past weekend I traveled down to Florida to spend some time with family in Highland Beach. I have to tell you that I didn't realize just how tightly wound I was until I was three days into my vacation. On day three, I got off my butt, traded in my bikini top for my sports bra, and worked it out on the beach, Escape style. It brought back a lot of great memories. I can't tell you how much I miss Lithe Escape: R&R, fabulous food, fitness, friends, fun and RESULTS!
Since 2009, Lithe Escape has been a big part of my life; something that I really look forward to every six months. I haven't been able to pull myself away all that much since Mars was born, but now that he's 18 months old, I'm ready (I promise, post Lithe NYC opening!).
I've heard through the grapevine that some of you are dying to go again, as well. I have some ideas in my head but I'd love to know where you would like to go! We could revisit some of the beautiful and luxurious villas and small boutique hotels that we have been to already (Bolt House, Highland House, La Luna & Hibiscus Hill House, Harbour Island, but I'm always game for something new and exciting. I'm taking requests and I'm all ears!
Images of LBG Lithing on the beach in Highland Beach, FL via Jordan
Lithe Instructor Melissa Weinberg was recently Lithing and swimming at sunset (Lithe Escape style!) on vacation in Turks and Caicos. After doing push ups and see-saw, she kicked up into a handstand and a friend captured the moment. Melissa, maybe I'll try your spin on our see-saw in Thinny!
Have you been Lithing on Location? Send us your pics to email@example.com.
If you’ve been following me since my Lithe Diving days, you may have noticed that I love to include a bit of music somewhere in my posts. Whether I’m being brutally honest about the fact that I’m not the slightest bit hip, or that I unabashedly like pop music by the likes of Britney Spears (or Britney S. Pierce) and Ne-Yo, or just indulging in a bit of nostalgia with some classics, I like to leave you with something to hum along to...even if you hate yourself for it.
The famous Kabbalah guru, Madonna, once said the wise words, “Music. Brings the people. Together. Yeah.” And whether you consider yourself bourgeoisie or rebel, it’s no secret that music can have a transformative effect on your mood. It sets the tone and energy of whatever you happen to be doing while listening to it. It’s no surprise then, that this extends to Lithing. And in my three years in and out of the studio day after day, I’ve always wondered how exactly the music is selected for classes.
I went to Lauren with my burning questions, and she introduced me to Justine Masters, a sound designer who specializes in curating a musical identity for her clients, and has been doing just that for Lithe Method for the last 4 years.
Now, I like to think that I know my designers. Like all E! viewers, I love knowing who’s wearing what. I recently learned, for example, that Kim Kardashian reportedly dropped $100k at Hermes, on an array of the label’s famous Birkin bags, which start at $9,000 bucks and go as high as $240 grand A POP. And since Sarah Jessica Parker first pranced across the screen in her 5 inch Manolo Blahniks on Sex and the City, I’ve been drooling over the likes of Jimmy Choo and Giussepe Zanotti. But designer music?
That’s an entirely new concept for me--one I hoped that Justine could illuminate when I sat down with her to learn more about the music that meets our ears during our leg-quivering workouts. I wasn’t disappointed.
When I asked Justine what exactly a sound designer does and how that’s different from a traditional DJ, she explained it by saying, “When you are DJing at a club, playing popular songs is part of knowing how to work a crowd. In the realm of sound design, people are not on the dance-floor; they are having a drink at a bar, eating dinner, working out, lounging by the pool etc., so the music is a more subtle yet important factor in their experience.”
Justine has been creating those musical experiences since she was 13 years old. “I used to make mix cassette tapes for all my friends when I was in high school,” she said. “I couldn't help myself! When music excited me, I wanted others to experience that excitement also, so I made them tapes.”
In her current role as sound designer, Justine continues to share the music she loves, like: Nina Simone, The Police, Bob Marley, Sade and the Black Keys (to name a few) to curate playlists for boutique hotels, restaurants and high-profile, private clients. All admittedly different than music one needs to hear to sustain them through a workout as difficult as Lithe.
So how did she go about understanding Lithe’s musical needs, I asked her. “Lauren was looking for sounds that matched the energy flow and creativity of her workouts. She wanted the music to inspire her Lithers, not just serve as background noise, so I took some of her classes. I even took one without music, to understand what was missing.”
After realizing for herself how exhausting and demanding the classes were, Justine knew exactly what the music pumping through the speakers at Lithe need to do. “I selected songs with one thing in mind: motivation,” she said. “I wanted the music to be a motivator, an inspiration and an aid for getting through a class. When you are working out and sweating, your instincts become very primal, so the music I chose speaks to that energy.”
When I asked who decides what gets played in class, Justine said her playlists are designated as Hi-tempo, Mid -tempo and Slow-Mid Tempo. And with over 400 playlists to choose from, Lauren and the instructors make a choice from the vast and varied selection based on the pace of the class.
I went on to admit to Justine how much I love hearing top 40 hits in the studio. How hearing a song I know and recognize gives me such a boost in class, and wondered why she didn’t choose more music that Lithers may immediately recognize.
She responded by saying, “Lauren and I both agreed that Top 40 has a much shorter shelf life when played on repeat. Plus, we want the music to be as creative and out of the box as the workouts are! People are coming to Lithe for something different in their workout, so they should expect that in the music as well.”
I had to give it to her, there’s nothing worse than hearing Rihanna and Eminem telling me they love the way I lie for the 10th time in a one-hour car ride. If had to hear them duetting it up at Lithe too, I might jump out the window. (Now THAT’S some serious Lithe Stalling.)
“Ultimately,” she said, “I want to draw a positive attention to one's body--that is a big reason Lithers are in the studio--to be in tune with their bodies. Its about getting out of your head and into the movements.”
Now that’s certainly a tune I can get down to. As with everything in Lithe, it seems even the music has meaning, and is hand selected carefully to compliment the workout. I’ll certainly be listening with a new appreciation.
Just like strength and flexibility, outdoor fitness is an acquired skill. Many of you will begin the Fall Challenge today and take Hot-stepper and Walk-Star this month. Try to relax, and use these classes as an opportunity to connect with your surroundings and activate your senses. Go Lithe!
Images of Lauren Boggi, Lithe Escape Jamaica. Lithers Allison L. & Joellyn D. on our Lithe Escape beach Hotstepper in Grenada.
Welcome to the world Ruby! Long time Lither Joy Cho just had her baby! Check out the above picture of Joy and I on Lithe Escape Bahamas. I was 30 weeks (If I only knew then that I had 12 more weeks to go!) and Joy was 16 weeks pregnant with Ruby. Congrats Joy and Bob, she is perfect! I can't wait to meet her.
Images of Ruby, Lauren & Joy via Joy
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